Landlords fined for refusing to register properties
Two landlords have been fined a total of €3,500 and hit with legal costs of another €5,000 for failing to register their rental properties.
The Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB) took legal action after repeated warnings about a failure to register, which costs just €90.
Some 29,256 warning letters were sent to landlords last year advising them of the need to register their properties.
The PRTB uses data from local authorities and the Department of Social Protection (DSP), which provides rent supplement payments to 100,000 tenants, and matches it against registered landlords. Where a record cannot be found, a warning letter is sent advising them of the need to register.
The first case involved Dereck Doherty of Grangemore Court, Donaghmede, Dublin 13. Proceedings were issued on October 1 last year, with the PRTB alleging he had failed to register a property at Caledon Road, East Wall in Dublin 3. The PRTB said Mr Doherty had "continually challenged" the authority of the PRTB to require him to register. The case was heard on January 12.
He was convicted in his absence and fined a total of €3,000, plus costs of €2,500.
The second case involved Daniel O'Keeffe of Crossgun Lane Ltd, Sundays Well Road in Cork, with the case heard on May 11. He was accused of failing to register a tenancy at Riverside, North Quay Place, Popes Quay in Cork, and fined €500 and ordered to pay costs of €2,500.
The PRTB said it was important that the private rented sector was properly regulated, and that it was "not acceptable" that a "small minority" of landlords attempted to operate outside the law. More than 100,000 landlords have received warning letters since 2012, and some 46 criminal convictions had been recorded since 2013.